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Film Industry Prepares To Descend on Corona Cork Film Festival
08 Nov 2012 : By Steve Cummins
The Corona Cork Film Festival gets underway on Sunday
The Irish film industry will descend on Cork this weekend as organisers put in place last-minute preparations ahead of the 57th Corona Cork Film Festival.

Getting underway this Sunday (November 11), the festival will run until November 18 and will feature a wide-range of screenings, panel discussions, industry events, networking opportunities and the Irish premiere of Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed second feature ‘Seven Psychopaths’.

The opening night will feature Ireland’s first live-tweet film screening, ‘42nd Tweet’. The idea for the event is for people to tweet about the short films they are seeing to their followers and of course for the benefit of the filmmakers

Festival director Mick Hannigan said: “This is a bit of an experiment and hopefully a bit of fun. I’m a keen tweeter myself and have been intrigued reading tweets from such screenings in the UK. We’re looking for lots of people with smartphones tweeting comments and opinions after each short film they see. I believe the filmmakers will benefit from instant critiques of their films and hopefully it will provide amusement also.”

The ‘42nd Tweet’ screening is in Triskel Christchurch on Sunday at 2pm.

As part of the festival, a number of industry events will take place with a series of notable Irish film industry guests set to share their knowledge with attendees.

Among the latest events announced is the annual film & TV ‘speed networking’ event at the Opera House on November 15.

Organised by the Cork Screen Commission, Southern Screen Professionals and the Cork Media Freelancers Group, it aims to bring together filmmakers and industry professional who live and work in Cork but who often don’t get a chance to meet.

Niall Mahoney, Cork Screen Commissioner, explains: “It’s supposed to be a bit of fun which also has a practical, constructive reason behind it. Cork has many creative and talented people working in the Screen Industries, from film makers to TV producers and people working in the new technologies and on-line.

“However, because there is no big established industry here, like in Dublin, people often don’t get the chance to meet, share ideas and form working partnerships that will lead to bigger and better work being produced.”

As well as the speed networking event, a number of other industry events are also planned. As previously reported on IFTN, filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan, ‘Grabbers’ screenwriter Kevin Lehane, Screen Scene MD Jim Duggan and producer Katie Holly are among the filmmakers set to take part in a series of industry discussions.

Duggan will present a workshop entitled ‘The Dark Arts of Post-Production’ on November 15 which will look at the use of new technologies such as green screen and grading in TV and film.

Speaking ahead of the talk, the Screen Scene MD said: “Everyone notices the swooping dragons, the space ships and the sea creatures but, in general, the contribution of post and VFX to the storytelling process is often over looked because it isn’t obvious; we spend a lot of time making sure no one notices what we have done.

“You can do a lot in post and VFX but it needs an approach that works efficiently. Hopefully everyone will get a few tips from the session.”

Among the Irish titles screening at this year’s festival are Kirsten Sheridan’s ‘Dollhouse’ and Donald Taylor Black’s ‘Skin in the Game’ documentary, which will receive its world premiere at the festival.

Local stories including the recent Vita Cortex workers’ dispute and the true story of Josephine Brown, a woman who agreed to spy for the IRA in Cork’s Victoria Barracks, will both be told in documentary form in titles called ‘161 Days: The Vita Cortex Workers Struggle’ and ‘Am an Gháthair’.

International titles screening include Cannes Film Festival-winning feature ‘Reality’; Hugh Laurie-starring ‘The Oranges’; and the South Korean comedy ‘In Another Country’, starring multi award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert.

This year’s festival is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures, by showing classic films such as ‘Harold and Maude’ and ‘The African Queen’, following their digital restoration.

Tickets for all screenings are now available from the Corona Cork Film Festival website and the festival box office in Opera Lane.

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